Neighbourhood visits in floods aftermath

Derbyshire Dales District Council's neighbourhoods staff will be knocking on doors in flood affected areas this Friday to check on the welfare of local people.

The Covid-secure visits will happen from 9am in Hartington, Rowsley and parts of Bakewell that saw the worst of the overnight flooding - Wye Bank, Wye Bank Grove and Wye Dale Crescent.

The team, who will wear masks and only enter a property in an emergency situation, will show official Derbyshire Dales District Council ID staff badges. They will be focusing on residents who called the District Council's emergency floodline number.

In just 24 hours District Council response teams, who worked through the night into Thursday morning, distributed 2,100 sandbags to at-risk properties and emergency sandbag hubs set up in hotspot areas across the Derbyshire Dales.

Around 52 tonnes of sand was used - and the response team were out again in the district during the day on Thursday, patrolling flood-hit areas with sandbags on their trucks and checking river levels.

At dawn on Thursday there were 12 Flood Warnings across the district - from Grindleford in the north to Sudbury in the south.

District Council Chief Executive Paul Wilson said:
"It's been a phenomenal team effort. I am immensely proud of the way our staff responded to this emergency - not only our amazing frontline staff who literally protected lives last night, but so many other support staff who made the operation work.
"My thanks also go to partner agencies - particularly Derbyshire County Council and Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service - who joined with us to tackle an extremely serious situation in Bakewell's Wye Bank late last night. Evacuation of properties was a distinct possibility at one stage and without their help we could have been looking at a very different situation this morning.
"I must also mention the district councillors in Bakewell, who, as community representatives, were absolutely fantastic, helping at the scene late last night."
Information on flood prevention and contact details for any residents requiring welfare support can be found on the District Council's website here.

Any social care needs should be directed through Call Derbyshire on 01629 533190.

Wyebank 4
Derbyshire Dales District Council

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